Friday, December 7, 2018

21 December Holiday Celebrations Learning Fun


   Happy winter holidays! I've found some interesting and fun holiday educational learning ideas for your classes. These 21 links are from a variety of celebrations. Try a few.


1. What is Kwanzaa? (K, 1 and 2)
https://www.learningtogive.org/units/kwanzaa-unity-within-community/what-kwanzaa

Students learn about the basic concepts surrounding the holiday of Kwanzaa.

2. Hanukkah Crafts for Kids
https://handsonaswegrow.com/hanukkah-crafts-kids/

Create crafts such as dreidel, Star of David, Hanukkah Advent calendar. Select from 44 different ideas. There are also Christmas crafts to make, too.

3. 12 Questions of Christmas - What is Hanukkah?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEHlA7U2nmA

Puppets answer the question of what Christmas and Hanukkah are.

4. Jewish Circle Dance Instruction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNiAuCAbMnQ

Why a circle dance? Find out the answer to this question and try some dance moves. 

6. Santas.net
http://www.santas.net/aroundtheworld.htm

How do other countries celebrate Christmas? Find out how over 50 countries celebrate Christmas. 

7.  Christmas in Europe 4k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzrBPzhPXUo

What is a Christmas market? It's not only a place to find classic wooden toys and foods sold only around Christmas.

8. Kevin's Kwanzaa | Children's Books Read Aloud
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3Lyii40-G4

A story about Kwanzaa for elementary school grades.

9. Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles Read Aloud
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPd6F3z8_Kc

A Hanukkah story for elementary school grades.

10. What is Las Posadas? Christmas Around the World
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne8fUWyT6SQ

Learn about what happens with Las Posadas in this short video.

11. How to Draw a Christmas Tree
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZLuMn8CZUQ

Grab a paper, pencil and colored pencils and draw along with the artist. 

12. Instrumental Christmas Music 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRXrqURyRy0

Relaxing holiday music (under 4 minutes long) with a fireplace.

13. Christmas Around the World Song | Christmas Traditions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtMN2XuSc7M

Learn about the traditions of other countries in this short video.

14. Crazy Santa Dance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACPaLwK4xCI

Follow these wild dance moves as best as you can in this fun dance!

15. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Rises And Lights 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPO2QFL4rV0

A time lapse of  events of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

16. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV1qLYukTH8

The Royal Ballet presents this dance segment from the Nutcracker.

17. Hanukkah Dance 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b62k_or5piM

Music string arrangement by Matt Conaway.

18. African Bell Carol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScHWbk_g98g

19. Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Sleigh Ride
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9jKyI6N9rg

20. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Time Is Here 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PzetPqepXA

21. Nat King Cole Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhzxQCTCI3E

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